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Massachusetts hikers survive slide at Tuckerman Ravine

PORTLAND, Maine —When the snow on Tuckerman Ravine gave way under Adam Herman’s feet Sunday, it was the beginning of a 12-hour ordeal for the hiker from Oak Bluffs, Mass.

Herman was hiking back down from the summit with a friend when the mountain gave way, taking them with it.

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Herman is being treated at Maine Medical Center for a broken back, seven fractures in his right arm and a broken collarbone.

“We were having a blast,” Herman said. “Connor and I were just doing a day trip, and R.J. and Tristan were going to stay for a few more days.”

Herman was with his friend, Connor Lodge, at the summit at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. In less than an hour, they would be hurtling down Tuckerman Ravine in an avalanche.

“I remember being in the air for a while,” Herman said. “I was able to think to myself, ‘Wow. I’ve been falling for a long time.'”

According to the ranger’s report, it was a 90-foot free fall and an 800-foot slide.

“I’d like, launch off ramps every so often, and I’d be in the air for a certain amount of time until I hit the ground again and keep going like that,” he said.

Herman was bleeding heavily but conscious. Lodge came to a stop further up and slid down to be with his friend. They realized they had to hike back up to a checkpoint to try to get help.

Just then, their friends R.J. and Tristan appeared.

“Tristan said, ‘Cuddle up close with each other. We’re going to go get help. Just hang tight,'” Herman said. “Yeah, he left us. It was really, really scary, the thought of that, but I didn’t know what else to do.”

Help came in stages. There was false hope at one point when they heard a snowmobile in the distance, but it faded away.

A pair of hikers climbed up from the AMC shelter, bringing company, food and blankets, and then finally the rangers at about 1 a.m. The slope was too steep for a sled, so Herman had to hike down himself, broken bones and all.

Would he do it again?

“In the spring time,” he said, laughing. “I was having a great time until that happened.”

Herman said he will be in a back brace for at least three months and has to have one more surgery on his arm. He said he hopes to go home to Martha’s Vineyard by Friday.

His friend, Lodge, is already out of the hospital and is at home recovering from a concussion, a lot of bruises and a couple of broken teeth.


Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office investigates death

Worker killed on Logan Airport tarmac

BOSTON —A worker was killed near a Logan Airport cargo terminal Monday night, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said.

The incident occurred on the tarmac, but it did not appear the worker was struck by a plane.

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“The preliminary information is that an employee on the tarmac suffered fatal injuries after being hit by a truck as it was traveling in reverse in the area of a plane,” said Jake Wark, spokesman for the district attorney.

“It does not suggest that he was struck by a plane,” said Wark.  The death appears to be an accident.

State Police detectives along with troopers from the Logan barracks are investigating.

The victim’s name was not immediately released.

 


Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office investigates death

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BOSTON —An individual was killed at a Logan Airport cargo terminal Monday night, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said.

The incident occurred on the tarmac, but there is no indication that the person was struck by an airplane.

The call for fatal accident came in around 7:30 p.m.

NewsCenter 5 and WCVB.com will have more information as it becomes available.

 


Electrical problem blamed for Malden fire

MALDEN, Mass. —Investigators are blaming an electrical problem for causing a fire that started early Christmas morning in Malden.

Firefighters said the fire started around 6:30 a.m. at 7 Coburn St.   A teenager smelled smoke and alerted her family to get out.

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No one was hurt, but the damage to the building was extensive and a number of Christmas presents were destroyed.

“The best present we all could have got is that everyone is OK,” said cousin Berthonya Joas. “So, you really can’t ask for much more right now.”

The Red Cross responded to the fire and is helping 15 people, including many children, who were displaced.

 


Brookline, NH firefighter pulls dying daughter from wreckage

Katie Hamilton pulled from crash by father

BROOKLINE, N.H. —A Brookline, NH, firefighter pulled a dying victim from a wrecked vehicle only to learn later the woman was his daughter, police said.

Katie Hamilton, 30, of Brookline, NH, died in a three-car crash on Tuesday morning at the intersection of routes 13 and 130, directly in front of the Brookline Safety Complex.

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“Her father was the one who pulled her out of the car without knowing it was her,” Brookline Police Chief William Quigley told UnionLeader.com.

According to Quigley, Hamilton was southbound on Route 13 when she stopped to take a left turn onto Route 130.

Greg Cullen, 31, of Milford, was driving the Toyota Tundra that rear-ended Hamilton’s car and was not hurt. Investigators are looking into whether Cullen was distracted while driving, WMUR.com reported.

James Ciprotti, 37, the driver in the third car, was not hurt. His car hit Hamilton’s after her car was pushed into oncoming traffic by Cullen’s car.

“I know she (Hamilton) is a young mother,” Quigley said. “She’s been in the community a long time. Her family are impeccable people who are highly respected throughout the town and surrounding areas.”

 


Sources: Bullet found in school

WATERTOWN, Mass. —Watertown High School has a shelter in place order in effect Friday morning, according to the school.

Sources tell NewsCenter 5 that a bullet was found on a projector in a classroom and the order was issued.

Police are searching the school.

Administrators are considering releasing the students early, sources say.

This is the second time this month the school has been put in lock down.

NewsCenter 5 and wcvb.com will have more details as they are available

 


Woman struck by hit-and-run driver, police say

REVERE, Mass. —A woman was struck and killed by an apparent hit-and-run driver in Revere Tuesday night, police said.

Police said it appeared the woman was struck near a Revere firehouse and her body dragged to the intersection of Broadway and Taft streets.

The driver did not stop, police said.

NewsCenter 5 and WCVB.com will have more details on this developing story.

 


Homeless man charged with stealing car

Snow, ice, freezing rain forecast for morning commute

RUTLAND, Mass. —Officials have identified the body of a woman killed in a suspicious Rutland fire Friday.

The victim was Diane Lamarche-Leader, 53, Worcester Country District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. announced in a statement.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled Lamarche-Leader’s death a homicide, Early said, but the cause of death is still under investigation.

Firefighters came to the two-story home about 7 a.m. Friday after neighbors reported smoke coming from the structure. The woman was found on the first floor.

Authorities have also charged a homeless man with stealing the 2004 Toyota Highlander that had been missing from her home.

Amador Roman, 35, was charged with larceny over $250 and receiving stolen property; he will be arraigned Monday in East Brookfield District Court, Early said.

Neighbors told NewsCenter 5 they saw someone leaving the home early Friday morning in a silver Toyota Highlander owned by Lamarche-Leader.

“I couldn’t believe it. I’ve been leaving messages on her cellphone hoping that it wasn’t true,” said friend Kathy Clark.

Clark said Lamarche-Leader was divorced and was planning to move out of the home on Friday.

“(She) was a really awesome person. She’d do anything to help anybody,” Clark said.

Neighbor Chris Roy said he’s glad the woman’s two teen children, who live with their father, weren’t inside.

“That was the first thing — ‘Thank God the kids aren’t even in the house,'” he said.

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Joanna Drive fire under investigation

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Firefighters came to the two-story home about 7 a.m. Friday after neighbors reported smoke coming from the structure. The woman was found on the first floor.

Images: Woman found dead in house fire

“In the process of putting the fire out, we did discover one fatality,” Rutland Fire Department Chief Brad Weber said.

Officials with Rutland and state police quickly ruled the death — and fire — suspicious.

Investigators entered the home at about 6 p.m. after a search warrant was issued.

Neighbors told NewsCenter 5 they saw someone leaving the home early Friday morning in a silver Toyota Highlander owned by the woman.

“I couldn’t believe it. I’ve been leaving messages on her cellphone hoping that it wasn’t true,” said friend Kathy Clark.

Clark said the woman is divorced and was planning to move out of the home on Friday.

“(She) was a really awesome person. She’d do anything to help anybody,” Clark said.

Neighbor Chris Roy said he’s glad the woman’s two teen children, who live with their father, weren’t inside.

“That was the first thing — ‘Thank God the kids aren’t even in the house,'” he said.

The victim’s name has not been released.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that police issued a be-on-the-lookout alert for the  Toyota Highlander seen in the area because they want to talk to the driver.

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Robert Buckley regularly transported victims, police say

SALEM, Mass. —A Salem man has been accused of assaulting two developmentally disabled women whom he transported as part of his job with MassTran, a private transportation company.

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Robert Buckley, 64, was arrested Tuesday on four counts of indecent assault and battery on a person with a developmental/intellectual disability and one count of intimidation of a witness. The victims are in their 20s, police said.

Prosecutors said that Buckley put a hat over the surveillance camera in the van, but that he could still be seen rubbing a woman’s breasts.

The investigation by state troopers began several days ago following a telephone complaint made to the Disabled Persons Protection Commission’s hotline.

When MassTran reviewed other surveillance tapes, they found additional assaults, prosecutors said.

“These victims were made vulnerable by a disability that this man allegedly exploited,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said. “The charges are shocking and disturbing.”

Bail was set at $1,000 for Buckley at his arraignment in Chelsea District Court.